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Pulmonary oedema

A CPD article improved Monica Thompson’s knowledge of the assessment and management of acute pulmonary oedema.
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A CPD article improved Monica Thompson’s knowledge of the assessment and management of acute pulmonary oedema

What was the nature of the CPD activity and/or practice-related feedback and/or event or experience in your practice?

The CPD article discussed acute pulmonary oedema, which is the build-up of excess fluid in the lungs. It is a life-threatening illness that should be treated as a medical emergency.

What did you learn from the CPD activity and/or feedback and/or event or experience in your practice?

The article stated that pulmonary oedema is diagnosed based on the patient’s presentation, which generally includes: sudden onset of dyspnoea, especially when lying down; rales (rattles or crackles) present on auscultation; and oxygen desaturation.

Early recognition, accurate assessment and appropriate management are essential to prevent deterioration and improve patient outcomes. The ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure) approach

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